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EPSON Perfection 4490 B11B176011 4800 x 4800dpi 48bit USB 2.0 Interface Flatbed Scanner

  • CCD Image Sensor
  • 4800 x 4800dpi 48bit
  • USB 2.0 Interface
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With Epson's Digital ICE Technologies you can easily remove dust and scratches from film, and many types of surface defects from prints, minimizing costly retouching. And, with the convenient film holders included, you can even batch scan multiple slides and negatives to increase productivity.

The unit features a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connector for hooking into your computer. A full software suite is included featuring Adobe Photoshop Elements, ABBYY FineReader Sprint Plus OCR, Epson Copy Utility, and Epson Scan with Epson Easy Photo Fix Technology, FineReader Sprint Plus and NewSoft "Presto" Biz Card.

  • newegg Digital ICE Technologies Digital ICE Technologies automatically remove dust and scratches from film and other surface defects from prints, minimizing costly retouching.
  • newegg Easy Photo Fix Technology Innovative Epson Easy Photo Fix technology enables automatic color restoration and dust removal at the touch of a button.
  • newegg Simple Installation The USB 2.0 interface enables a simple installation with fun of plug and play as well as high performance.

Learn more about the Epson America B11B176011


Perfection 4490


Scanner Type
Image Sensor
Light Source
White cold cathode fluorescent lamp
Resolutions, Optical
4800 x 4800dpi
Resolutions, Hardware
4800 x 9600 dpi with Micro Step Drive technology
Resolutions, Interpolated
12800 x 12800 dpi with software interpolation
Color Depth
Max. Document Size
8.5" x 11.7"
USB 2.0
Operating Systems Supported
Windows Requirements :
IBM compatible PC with Pentium II equivalent or higher processor. USB: Windows 98 SE, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows Me or Windows XP Home Edition/XP Professional. Hi-Speed USB 2.0: Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP Home Edition/XP Professional. 128MB RAM (512MB recommended for Digital ICE), 350MB of available hard disk space minimum (1GB recommended for Digital ICE), CD-ROM drive (4x or faster), available USB connection (Hi-Speed USB 2.0 recommend for optimum performance).

Macintosh Requirements :
iMac or any G3 or later with built-in USB. USB: Mac OS X 10.2.x and OS 10.3.x. Hi-Speed USB 2.0: Mac OS X 10.2.7 or later. 128MB RAM (512MB recommended for Digital ICE), 450MB of available hard disk space minimum (1GB recommended for Digital ICE), CD-ROM drive (4x or faster), available USB connection.

Physical Spec

10.71" x 18.7" x 4.5"
9.1 lbs.


Package Contents
EPSON Perfection4490 Scanner
Power Cord
Power Adapter
USB Cable
Film Holder
Driver Disk


Windows Vista
Certified for Windows Vista

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 30 days
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 30 days

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  • Craig P.
  • 7/6/2010 5:50:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDiscontinued but worth while

Pros: Scans multiple photos and will separate them and scan separately. Handles most modern format film, 35mm, 120/220. Pro mode allows for individual adjustments for each scan.

Cons: Picky on scans of older format films. No adapter for 6x6 slides. Negatives yes, but mounted slides no.

Other Thoughts: For the price it handles most everything I have.

Some difficulty with 126 film and half frame 35mm. No issue with 127 super slide so far.

Have had a bit of difficulty with 620 roll film. Seems to want to split it in two with the middle missing. Have to play around with negative positioning and then use elements to merge the 3 scans into one. Results mixed on that.

120/220 6x6 negatives scan properly. Probably will do fine with 6x4.5. Not sure about 6x7 given results with 620 negatives.

I've scanned 1 126 slide and it cropped it. Not sure why since I scanned a 127 super slide with no problems.

It does an excellent job with photographs and you can set 3 or 4 4x6 prints on the platen and it will recognize all 4 and scan them separately. Very impressive compared to previous old flat bed I had.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/19/2010 8:29:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsQuit after 5 weeks

Pros: Good until it stopped

Cons: Stopped after 5 weeks. Quit is mid scan. Took to licensed repair and determined bad main board. This item on back order from Epson. Conclusion that there is a problem with main boards. Suggest a pass on this scanner.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/3/2010 3:56:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfection

Pros: Clean, simple shipping carton with all items included as advertised. Quick Guide is well conceived and easily understandable. Everything worked as promised without one extra step. For the few slides that required it, Digital Ice is AMAZING. Worth the price of admission alone.

Slides from 1949 forward came out clean and detailed, providing very nice full-page glossies (even the Iced ones). The jpegs are really nice, too, allowing for easy mailing, creating a great slide show on a CD, playable on most DVD players/monitors/TVs, not to mention they are easy to label accurately, organize, and store.

I processed 247 slides in under 11 hours. (See other thoughts for details.) I sent them to long-lost friends found on facebook, relatives, and produced a slide show for family, all of whom appreciated the effort and claimed that the pictures enhanced their Holiday experience.

Ordered in the wee hours of Wednesday, received noon Thursday, the week before Christmas. New Egg rocks!

Cons: Having an extra scanner besides my all-in-one Brother (from New Egg), which works fine as a scanner for everything BUT slides. Although, I am sure I will find some old photos where Digital Ice on the Epson will come in handy. I will store the Epson like one would store a slide projector, as one never knows who will send some old slides that they "just found."

And, based on results, my friends are interested as well. I may create a slide pool to keep the scanner busy while reducing the waste of resources.

Other Thoughts: I spent about 4 hours setting up and trying all possible software tools and combinations thereof. I kept separate folders with the results for easy comparisons. I found it best to use Digital Ice on all problematic slides, including the few that needed color restoration.

I used a hand-held slide viewer to identify the slides that needed Digital Ice.

I scanned 4 good slides at a time (max.), which averaged about 6 minutes per batch to scan (Full Auto Mode), label, and reload the Epson. I then processed the troubled slides, which took about 18 minutes per batch. In all, I processed 247 slides, of which 18 needed Ice (Home Mode - Ice checked), and 6 that needed color restoration (Home Mode - Ice and color restoration checked). Even the lone non-Kodak slide with green fungus on it became usable after being processed with ICE and Color Restoration checked in Home Mode.

The unit is elegant, light, and yet sturdy. Cables, and accessories are of quality materials and precise in fit.

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  • Terry O.
  • 12/29/2009 7:14:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDisappointed

Pros: Decent document scanning in color or b&w, Glass hasn't fallen into the scanner.

Cons: Poor quality construction. I also get the screeching during scanning as reported by others. Recently it has started making a ratcheting sound as if the belt is slipping on the gears & doesn't scan. A quick "dope slap" frees it and it will then scan.

The software leaves a lot to be desired and is clunky to work with.

No Linux support. Research prior purchase indicated this scanner worked w/Linux. Several Linux distros recognize the scanner is attached but won't configure it.

Other Thoughts: I have had a scanner for nearly 20 years, and past (non-Epson) scanners have operated flawlessly. They only got replaced as technology improved. This one replaced a non-photo scanner as I was planning to scan those old negatives I have laying around. I expected better quality from Epson, especially in light of its then-$200+ price tag. This has only had a little over 3 yrs. of fairly light use and it is trash. I could live with the lousy software, but the poor construction makes it unusable.

As others have said, Newegg rocks! There are lots of places on the Web to spend my money, but Newegg is one of the first places I check when I need computer stuff. They have earned my repeat business.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/17/2009 8:42:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsVery good flatbed, decent film scanner

Pros: This is the best consumer scanner I have used at this price point. The image quality is very good for full sized scans (like scanning old photographic prints or documents) and the color is quite accurate if you are careful with your settings.

Scans of 35mm color negatives are capable of producing very good prints up to 8 X 10, which is my personal benchmark for a consumer device. The digital ICE does indeed do a good job (not perfect) of removing dust spots from film scans, but obviously ICE doesn't work with B&W film.

The medium format film holders are a plus, but I doubt that anyone seriously scanning medium or large format film would be happy with this scanner for film. Ironically, this scanner would be ideal for 4X5 film!

Cons: There are no cons for regular flatbed scanning if you don't need a document feeder, but there are three distinct problems with film scanning:

1) The film holders do not hold the film flat. For negatives kept rolled or that have curled over time, there are distinct in and out of focus areas of scans. Mounted slides seem to be less prone to these issues, but that is no guarantee.

2) There is no focus fine tuning. Since the film is not held directly against the glass, this creates a distinct problem! The gap between the film and focus plane makes it difficult to take full advantage of the resolution of this scanner.

3) The dynamic range leaves something to be desired when scanning high contrast, saturated slide film (Velvia being the specific reference point here) and I can't pull all of the detail out of the blacks that I would like.

Since this isn't pro-model film scanner, I don't expect any of these features on the 4490, but they are the limitations of the scann

Other Thoughts: This is an excellent consumer scanner for someone who wants exceptional flatbed scans and very good film scans at a good price.

If you need exceptional film scanning, I would recommend the V750 with its fantastic film mounting system.

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  • BRET G.
  • 8/12/2009 11:19:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDandy!

Pros: Excellent image quality, particularly color quality. Epson's software is easy and simple to use, even in advanced mode - stand-alone or called from Photoshop. Speed is good factoring quality of resulting image and price of the unit. I've never had a 30 minute scan; I believe that may be more a function of what else is on your USB/speed. Back-light in lid and slide/negative caddy are great includes. Construction is sturdy for it's price range (it has been the bottom item in stacks of books, and been moved from room to room with no trouble). Hardware/software setup was straight-forward and easy.

Cons: It is definitely not a "backpack" scanner and will own some real-estate on your desk. The underscan/oversized glass noted by other reviewers is an annoyance which does require adjustment to your placement technique. When accessed thru Photoshop, scanning software completes the requested scan then quits; the plug-in must be launched for each scan.

I've used software from other companies: except for using a separate 3rd party software with a hefty price tag, the Epson software works great compared to what is provided by other companies. The above rants are minor annoyances.

Other Thoughts: Owned this since March 2008. Used on PC (Win XP), Powerbook Pro (10.4), and iMac (G4 700, 10.4). I've hauled the scanner from room to room and have never had "transportation issues"... until I moved last month and someone let it fall out of their car. Nothing appears broken from where it smacked the sidewalk, but I've yet to get it hooked back up and test it.

In any case, this scanner will be my baseline for "re-shopping" if I have to replace it. I would have no qualms buying another one if that's where the research leads me.

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  • Michael W.
  • 2/6/2009 5:04:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsLies about Vista64 support

Pros: Works great on XP.

Cons: Claims to have Vista64 support. Neither the included CD driver nor the driver downloaded from Epson work. Epson has failed to produce an updated driver in the time this scanner has been put out, and instead blames Microsoft even though the Vista32 driver works and other scanners work with Vista64.

Other Thoughts: Is this really a company you want to give your business to? Lying about product support, and failure to release new drivers? I've been working on computers for 12 years. I've even used SCSI scanners. I'm willing to bet those 10 year old scanners would still work, too. That's far better than this worthless thing.

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  • Pablo L.
  • 2/6/2009 11:39:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgreat and simple scanner

Pros: - ease of setup, truly a breeze
- good software
- *excellent* scan quality for any picture

Cons: - scanning of negatives does not work as advertised
- no linux compatibility

Other Thoughts: could be a 5 star easily. i can truly recommend this if you are not looking to scan negatives and if you don't need the scanner to have linux support.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/24/2009 5:13:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great

Pros: no complaints. it works great.

Cons: none

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  • Delbert S.
  • 1/18/2009 2:27:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLow end user

Pros: Ships in manufacturer packaging but arrived intact anyhow (always inspect your box.) Very straightforward setup to do the basics like copy and print, or scan to an image file. Slow and perhaps noisy but who cares about noise and many other reviews suggest image quality (looks great) is worth the slow scan speed. Vista 32 bit ultimate compatible which was why I bought it to begin with.

Cons: My old Epson Perfection 1660 was working FINE with windows XP. Vista turned it into a paperweight on my desk. Yes, I loaded a Vista twain driver but a software interface is still needed to make it all work which I would have had to pay for. Since this is the "family" pc I was forced to get what was most likely to compatible with Vista 32 bit (not worth the headache of migrating back to XP once done fyi.) I really don't need this much scanner for the simple stuff we do here but I wasn't going to gamble since lower model Epsons have suffered Vista compatability issues from other reviews I read.

Other Thoughts: Came bundled with an OCR software that I actually like. Ironically I could probably hook my old scanner back up now that I have updated driver and software with this new scanner (chuckling..... sort of). Linux system downstairs now has the old scanner. I try to comfort myself that the bulb in the old scanner was probably about to blow anyhow, which is never worth the cost to replace since flatbed scanners are relatively pretty cheap for what they do. Splurge and get this better supported and higher spec model if you can swing it.

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